a(n) behavior, act, or action

Discussion in 'English Only' started by quietdandelion, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. quietdandelion

    quietdandelion Banned

    Homesweethome
    Formosa/Chinese
    Do you know that coping books without permission is a(n) behavior/act/action of piracy.

    In a different context, I'm totally puzzled by which to use, behavior, act, or action?
     
  2. Musical Chairs Senior Member

    Japan & US, Japanese & English
    I would use "act."
     
  3. quietdandelion

    quietdandelion Banned

    Homesweethome
    Formosa/Chinese
    Thanks, MC.
    But why? Only when you tell us why could we get the hang of it.
     
  4. Musical Chairs Senior Member

    Japan & US, Japanese & English
    I really don't know why --- the others don't sound right.

    "Behavior" is more general than "piracy". Also, I've heard behavior used more with "behavior of [person]" or "behavior of [something more concrete like stars, electrons, the wind, etc]"
    I've simply never heard "an action of."

    I've heard "act of love," "act of courage," etc...and I think the nature of "piracy" is more like those two.
     

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